VIDEO GAME: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations Hands-on!

 

The first thing you'll notice about this game is that the graphics are amazing! The Ultimate Ninja Storm series has always been the most dazzling Naruto game on the market, and this one’s no exception. The cel-shaded graphics and fluid movement continue to blur the line between video games and anime. The second thing you'll notice is the whooping character roster! A full 70+ playable characters and 15 support characters! If there's a fighting game with more playable characters, I can't think of it.

The gameplay is everything you’ve come to love about the series. Fast-paced battles full of intense combos, over-the-top super moves and the trademark of this fighting engine—substitutions. Speaking of turning into a log when someone hits you, substitutions are no longer tied to chakra—they have their own bar. You start out with four, then the bar slowly recharges. This is a major improvement to the battle system and should slow down abuse of this mechanism.

One fairly big change to the combat system is the ability to chain combos together by chakra dashing mid-combo and switching to a different one. If your opponent is unable to break your attacks, you can seriously rack up the combos.

And for fans of the anime, there are a ton of new animations in this game! Over an hour according to the Namco Bandai rep, and some of it was absolutely mind-blowing. Seeing the epic fight between Madara and Hashirama Senju certainly tickled my inner fanboy. And it was really long—a full 5+ minutes of animation courtesy of Studio Pierrot.

Gamers should be pleased with the bevy of modes in the game. You can fight one-on-one without teammates in the Single Battle, or bring two support characters in for a Team Match. There’s a survival mode where you fight waves of foes with just one health bar. And you can set up 8-player tournaments locally and online. You can also record your matches and upload them to the server for others to watch. And since players are ranked globally, you can watch matches of high-ranked players to see their strategies.

There’s also some crossover with the Naruto Collectible Card Game. In the Custom Battle Mode, you fight other gamers with their own Ninja Info Card. Each card has an element (Fire, Wind, Water, Lightning, Earth), and whoever has the winning element gets the bonus listed on the card during the battle. Each copy of the game will have a card inside, but different retailers have different cards.

Like the other Ninja Storm games, what makes this one great is it’s easy to tell the people working on it love Naruto. That kind of love permeates everything throughout the game from the 70+ character roster, all the way down to the tiniest details. I’ve always considered this series the Cadillac of Naruto video games, and this year’s model is looking good. The game launches March 13, 2012, and demos should be hitting PSN and Xbox 360 later this month.

For more info about this game, click here!

Related Links:
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations Landing Page
Official Video Game Website

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by Urian Brown

Comments

Submitted by fishysuave19 on Fri, 02/24/2012 - 20:19

The Budokai Tenkaichi series have a massive amount of characters though some are not needed but there are more than double of the amount of characters in this. Don't get me wrong i cant wait for the game and i am a huge fan of the series i just had to point this out, i know everyone was thinking it

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:15

There Isn't If U Don't Count Transformations, lol

Submitted by John Bae on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 16:00

But still, 70+ characters is A LOT!

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:14

Yes It Is, I Played The PS3 Demo And It Was Pretty Cool, lol I Liked The New System With The Substitution

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:18

The Only Thing About The Demo I Was Disappointed About Was That U Couldn't Play As Naruto's New Form, lol

Submitted by ElijahUchiha on Fri, 03/02/2012 - 19:15

i cant wait to get this!!!

Submitted by Mp3beast on Sun, 03/04/2012 - 11:00

This game looks totally amazing. The only problem is, I probably don't own the right system for it...

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:16

Its For PS3 And 360, lol

Submitted by Ragzor on Sun, 03/04/2012 - 12:27

The game looks really good i can't wait to play it.

Submitted by kenhuang on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 19:46

me too.

Submitted by AmayaMizuko on Mon, 03/05/2012 - 13:55

This game comes out march 13 I think. I can't wait to buy it!!!!!

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:17

Yes It Does Come Out On The 13th, And I Can't Wait Either, Hopefully I Can Get It For Easter :/

Submitted by nuggetman on Mon, 03/05/2012 - 14:02

this game looks so awesome!!!! ii just dont like the fact they took out the roaming aspect that was ultimate ninja storm 2 but besides that it looks great

Submitted by bankaijoey on Mon, 03/05/2012 - 14:26

I already pre-ordered it! 1 more Week!

Submitted by wabisuke on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:23

i'v been waiting for this game to come out for a while and it just seems like it will never get here, i realllly want it!!!!

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:26

It Shall Arrive In 10 Days, lol

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:59

Oh Wait, Its The 6th, lol 7 Days Left Then

Submitted by foxroano9T on Wed, 03/07/2012 - 22:21

Unless you have been following CRUNCHYROLL.com you have not seen the new Naruto video game! They have various 6 min battles!!! of various shinobi. check it out if your a NARUTO fan!

Submitted by Bob1200 on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 13:19

Well It Comes Out In 5 Days, So We Don't Have Much Longer To Wait...lol...

Submitted by yupimp on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 17:18

Cant wait. 5 days. Im upset that it comes out after a 4 day weekend but whatever. and HAM.

Submitted by Bob1200 on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 17:34

5 Days? Its 7 Days A Week, For 1, And 2, Wat 4 Day Weekend? lol I Don't Have A 4 Day Weekend, XD

Submitted by Bob1200 on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 17:57

It Comes Out Every Monday I Believe, lol

Submitted by Bob1200 on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 19:11

The Game Comes Out Tuesday, lol I Was Thinking Of The Manga...

Submitted by yupimp on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 06:04

I live in south georgia, and my school is off today and monday. and the game comes out tuesday. just bad luck i guess

Submitted by Bob1200 on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 11:50

Thats Not Much Of A Wait Then, Cuz Today Is Friday, So Thats 4 Days Now, lol

Submitted by Bob1200 on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:06

Gamefly Is Sending Me Generations!

Submitted by urian brown on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 13:06

Woo woo!

Submitted by peanut511 on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 21:28

the subtitution bar is not needed in this game, worst decision ever, i hope when storm 3 comes out it does not have this. also i hope all the characters in the series that we have seen so far is on there

Submitted by Bob1200 on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:57

A. Ur Wrong About The Substitution Bar, I Love It Cuz It Prevents Spam Of Substitution, And Herp A Derp, Generations IS Storm 3...

Submitted by Bob1200 on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:57

Also, I Just Got Generations In The Mail Today, lol

Submitted by Bob1200 on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:57

Substitution Bar Saves Ur Chakra For Actual Moves, lol